N87751 outside the School of the Ozarks.
Photo: Peter Liander © 14 August 1977
51-16496 of North Carolina National Guard, at MASDC.
Photo: Peter Keating © February 1972 - Aird Archives - aflyinghistory.com


51-16496 • N9791F



51-16496 USAF #1081. L-20A No: 82. Command AF-1. Delivered 27-May-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

51-16496 Stored at Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ. Arrival date unknown but departed 25-Apl-1966.

51-16496 Passed to the Fairchild Aircraft and Engine facility at St. Augustine, FL. Apr-1966.

51-16496 Served with the USAF 606th Air Commando Squadron, Nakhan Phanom, Royal Thai AFB Thailand. Circa. 1967.

51-16496 North Carolina National Guard.

51-16496 Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ. 08-Nov-1971 – 08-Feb-1975. Inventory code HS059.

N9791F Federal Agency, Huron, SD. Regd 1975.

N87751 School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO. Jan-1977. Left register 19-Jan-1981.

Fate unknown

USAF History

51-16496 was made available on 09-May-1952, accepted on 15-May-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Biggs AFB, El Paso, TX., and joined the 1st Liaison Squadron remaining until 27-Jul when it moved to 3rd Liaison Squadron at George AFB, Victorville, CA. It was then reassigned to the Air Material Command and went to the Sacramento Air Material Area, at McLellan AFB, California on 10-Dec-1952 and on to Burbank, San Francisco,CA., on 22-Jan-1953 prior to embarkation to Japan and being assigned to the Far East Air Force.

Arriving in Japan on 29-Jan-1953 it was initially at the 6408th Maintenance and Supply unit at Kisarazu before joining the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki on 10-Apr-1953. A section of this Unit moved to Itazuke on 16-Apr-1953 and it stayed for over a year before going to Showa and the 6400 Air Depot for maintenance on 16-Jun-1964 and returned to Itazuke on 09-Sep-1954 for the 3rd Liaison Squadron but six months later on to the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing at the same location where it remained for some two years until 05-Apr-1957.

Emblem of the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing

A trip to Showa occurred on 05-Apr-1977 for maintenance. This was now designated Northern Material, Pacific area and it returned to duty back at Itazuke on 20-Jun-1957. Following a reorganisation the Far East Air Force was re-designated Pacific Air Force and the units were also re designated and the aircraft now found itself with the 6143 Air Base Group, from 01-Jul-1957. This was itself re designated to 6143rd Operations Squadron in Apr-1960.

In Jan 1963 the aircraft was transhipped to Hagerstown, MD., and the Logistics Command facility run by the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. It remained here until 17-Mar-1963 after which it was allocated to the Strategic Air Command and the 307th BM (Bombardment, Medium) Wing at Lincoln AFB, NB.

Emblem of the 307th Bombardment, Medium Wing

Its remaining USAF history is to be researched.